Monthly Archives: October 2013

Today on the Hill

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House is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Senate is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

 
Committee Meetings:

House Democratic Policy Committee 9:00am

Public hearing on: jobs and the economy

Erie, PA

Mercyhurst offers new autism spectrum program

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Qualified teachers and professionals in the Erie region will soon have the option to add an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) endorsement to their resumes — a credential they can earn in less than a year.

 

Mercyhurst University is the first program in northwestern Pennsylvania approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer a three-course, 12-credit ASD endorsement program.

 

With autism diagnoses on the rise, the education department at Mercyhurst understood the importance and value of providing quality training that would graduate students in a timely, efficient manner, said Leanne Roberts, chairwoman of the education department.

 

An ASD endorsement would provide professionals with the tools they need to develop effective educational and behavioral change programs, including evidence-based practices and experiences that students with special needs and their families deserve, said Thomas Kitchen, director of certification programs in applied behavior analysis.

 

Source: http://bit.ly/16LVXsg

Today on the Hill

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House is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Senate is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

 
Committee Meetings:

Senate Democratic Policy Committee – 10:00am

Roundtable discussion on: community colleges and workforce development

Pittsburgh, PA

 

House Democratic Policy Committee – 6:00pm

Public hearing on: financial assistance programs for fire, ambulance, and rescue organizations

Erie, PA

Today on the Hill

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House is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Senate is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

 
Committee Meetings:

House Education – 10:00am

Public hearing on: HB1588

 

 

House Tourism and Recreational Development – 1:00pm

Public hearing on: HB871, HB872, HB873, HB874, HB875

Philadelphia, PA

 

 

Senate Judiciary – 1:00pm

Public hearing on: equality in civil legal representation of the indigent

Pittsburgh, PA

Today on the Hill

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House is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Senate is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

 
Committee Meetings:

House Democratic Policy Committee – 3:00pm

Public hearing on: HB1192

Slippery Rock University, PA

Today on the Hill

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House is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Senate is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

 

Committee Meetings:

Senate Republican Policy Committee &

Senate Veteran Affairs and Emergency Prepared – 10:00am
Joint public hearing on: challenges facing firefighters
Gettysburg, PA

 

Today On The Hill

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House is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Senate is in Recess until Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

 

Committee Meetings:

Senate Democratic Policy Committee – 11:00am
Roundtable discussion on property tax relief
Lehighton, PA

House Consumer Affairs – 1:00pm
Public hearing on: HB1543
Media, PA

Senate Education – 1:00pm
Public hearing on: seeking input from students on educational issues in schools
Harrisburg, PA

Department of Health Recognizes Somerset County Hospital for Delivering Quality Care to Pennsylvanians

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From the Pennsylvania Department of Health

National Healthcare Quality Week is Oct. 20-26

Titusville –Secretary of Health Michael Wolf today presented Somerset Hospital with the state’s award for “Excellence in Health Care Compliance,” an award recognizing the efforts of delivering consistent quality care to the citizens of the commonwealth.
Somerset Hospital was one of seven selected for the award out of 220 health care facilities in the state. Awardees were honored by the department during National Healthcare Quality Week.

“Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative focuses on ensuring affordable, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians and it’s important that we recognize those facilities that are excelling at these goals, especially in a rural setting where the need is dire,” said Wolf. “This award signifies the positive contributions and hard work of those who deliver top-notch care every day to the families and communities they serve.”
The Department of Health licenses and oversees hospitals statewide including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, children’s hospitals and psychiatric hospitals. In addition, the department conducts about 2,000 inspections annually, including licensure and certification surveys, follow-up surveys and complaint investigations.
Facilities receiving the award were required to have no health citations during the last state licensure survey and no major life safety code deficiencies on the last building inspection. All department-licensed hospitals were eligible for the awards and did not need to apply to be considered.

“Somerset Hospital is honored to be recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and shares the department’s mission to achieve high quality, safe, and effective healthcare through commitment, dedication and professionalism,” said Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Craig Saylor. “This recognition must be shared by the entire organization including our outstanding medical staff and our many dedicated employees.”

During the event, Wolf highlighted Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania plan, which aims to increase access to affordable, quality healthcare for all Pennsylvanians.

“Hospitals receiving this award are already supporting the Governor’s plan and doing their part by providing the best care possible to their patients,” added Wolf.

To view hospital surveys from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, visit www.health.state.pa.us and select “Hospitals” under the “Facilities, Providers and Managed Care Plans” tab.

Click here to download the original press release.

Today On The Hill

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11:00am – House is in Session

1:00pm – Senate is in Session

 

Committee Meetings:

 

House Aging and Older Adult Services – 9:30am

Informational meeting on: HB420

 

Senate Urban Affairs and Housing – 9:30am

Public hearing on: SB48

 

House Agriculture and Rural Affairs – 9:50am

Informational meeting on: SB82, HB1750

 

House Education – 10:00am

To consider: HB 1728, HR 108

 

House Human Services –  10:00am

Informational meeting with manufacturer of Vivitrol

 

House Labor and Industry – 10:00am

To consider: HB611, SB802, HB1338

 

Senate Finance – 10:00am

To consider: HB 546

 

House and Senate Local Government –  10:15am

Public Hearing on Health and Human Services Community Services Block Grant Program

 

Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure – 10:30am

To consider: SB814, HB1348, HB1351

 

House Appropriations –  Off the Floor

To consider: HB21, HB162, HB1425, HB1426, HB1529, HB1530, HB1574, HB1575, HB1617, HB1644, SB277